BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, Ohio) scored a hat trick and juniors Lauren Duran (Woburn, Mass.) and Rachel Sousa (Woburn, Mass.) each added two goals and one assist Friday afternoon to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team past Plymouth State University, 11-0, in an ECAC East Conference game at the Clark Athletic Center rink.
The red-hot Beacons posted their school-record eighth straight victory to advance to 14-7-0 overall and 11-4-0 in league play, while PSU remains winless at 0-21-0 and 0-16-0.
UMB led 3-0 after one period as sophomores Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Whitney Fraleigh (Fresno, Calif.) and Sousa each tallied goals. The Beacons put the game away in the second frame with five unanswered tallies, two from Smith and one apiece from Duran, Sousa and sophomore Karoline Perdios (Braintree, Mass.). The winners rounded out the scoring with three more goals in the third period, one each from Duran and Smith and the first of the season by senior Katelyn Lajoie (Marlboro, Mass.)
Both teams are back on the ice with conference games Saturday afternoon, Plymouth State continuing its weekend road trip with a visit to Nichols College for a 12:30 p.m. faceoff and UMB hosting the University of Southern Maine in a 1:00 p.m. puck drop.
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